The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital for planned surgery on his hip, Buckingham Palace announced today. Prince Philip will undergo the surgery on Wednesday after having problems with his hip for over a month – it is hoped the operation will resolve the issues Philip has been having.
The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone and Her Majesty The Queen, who is residing at Windsor Castle for Easter Court, is being kept informed about the treatment of her husband.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson commented, “His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon for planned surgery on his hip, which will take place tomorrow.”
Prince Philip has missed a number of scheduled engagements in the last fortnight because of his hip problem. Two weeks ago Philip missed an event marking Prince Andrew taking over the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards while last Thursday the Duke missed the annual Maundy Thursday Service at St George’s Chapel and then the Easter Sunday Service on 1st April, attended by The Queen and senior members of The Royal Family.
Prince Philip stepped down from public duties last Summer and although there is concern that a man of his age is undergoing such surgery, Scarlett McNally, Orthopaedic Surgeon, commented, “Any operation and anaesthetic carries some risk. What is most important is someone’s fitness, as in their heart and lung fitness, how much exercise they do and how well nourished they are. That’s more important than someone’s chronological age.”
Prince Philip is not the first member of The Royal Family to have a hip operation. In the 1990’s, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had two successful hip operations – one at the age of 95 and another at the age of 97.